Literature 2

“Delia was an overbearing cake with condescending

frosting, and frankly, I was on a diet.”

― Maggie Stiefvater, Lament: The Faerie

Queen’s Deception

Look carefully at the quotation  that appears above. Virtually  every literary character   in   Moore,   Dante,   Homer,   Virgil,   Sophocles,   Marlowe,   and Shakespeare   who   we   will   read   about   together,   cannot   stay   on   a   diet   or steadfastly refuses to embark upon one in the first place. Select a temptation (in one of these attached texts) that threatens to irrevocably mess things up for our hero.

What is the temptation? Why does the hero or storyteller give in (they always do)? Are the   events  depicted timeless  or  do we still   see  evidence of  these occurrences today?

Select one of the attached texts and focus upon it and authors who write critically about it (and the author).   There are a few ways to approach this study. Imagine yourself as a psychologist or a psychiatrist or a counselor. How would you ‘treat” the hero? Can he/she see that he/she is making mistakes? Does he or she have a mentor? Would others deal with these circumstances differently?


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